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Safety Tip: 12 Maintenance Mistakes to Avoid

Pep Boys lists 12 commonly made maintenance mistakes that can be costly in the long run.

Photo of 2018 Chevrolet Equinox courtesy of GM.

Diesel Chevy Equinox MPG, Range Revealed

Chevrolet's diesel-powered 2018 Equinox compact SUV has been rated by the Environmental Protection Agency to achieve 39 miles per gallon in highway driving, General Motors has announced.

Image courtesy of NHTSA.

BMW Police Motorcycles Recalled for Brake Lights

The recall, set to begin Sept. 25, covers 911 R1200RT Police motorcycles in the 2014-2017 model years.

Photo courtesy of Code 3

Code 3 Interior Lights to Include Disinfection Technology

Emergency lighting provider Code 3 has announced a licensing agreement with Vital Vio, Inc., developer of the White Light Disinfection technology designed to kill germs on indoor surfaces.

Photo of 2018 Ram 3500 courtesy of FCA.

Ram Boosts 3500's Tow Rating with Fifth-Wheel Option

Ram has increased the towing capability of its 3500 Heavy Duty pickup for the 2018 model year by offering a fifth-wheel option that would boost the maximum trailer weight rating to 30,000 pounds, Fiat Chrysler has announced.

Photo of Scott Pruitt via Gage Skidmore/Flickr.

Trump's EPA Expands Review of Obama's Mileage Rules

The Trump administration is reopening a federal review of Obama-era fuel economy rules covering the 2022 to 2025 model years, and expanding the review to include the 2021 model year signed into law in 2012.

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More Than 200 Baton Rouge Patrol Cars Out for Repairs

Baton Rouge (La.) Police Department spent $2 million on vehicle repairs through the end of June and expects to spend $3.5 million by the end of the year. Many of these vehicles have over 100,000 miles logged.

Photo courtesy of Collier County Sheriff's Office

Fla. Fleet Manager Recognized by Sheriffs Association

Recent initiatives implemented by Sean Williams from the Collier County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office include a key track system that allows deputies to have keys available for loaner cars 24/7 as well as the integration of Bluetooth technology to run fingerprints through state and federal databases through an in-car computer.

Chanje's first North American offering will be a Class 5, 16,500-lb GVW all-electric panel van with a 100-mile range. Photo: Chanje

Chanje Bringing Class 5 Electric Cargo Van to U.S.

Can an electric medium-duty vehicle manufactured at a global scale and priced on par with a diesel finally achieve mass-market appeal? Chanje is betting on it.

Photo courtesy of The Armored Group

The Armored Group Introduces BATT-X Armored Vehicle

Based on the Ford F-550 4x4 chassis, the Armored Group BATT-X is available in gas or diesel engines. Both versions can achieve highway speeds over 80 miles per hour with 12 to 14 fully geared officers inside.

Photo via Flickr/Highway Patrol Images

Ariz. Police Chief Sends Officers to Driving School

The department will participate in a nationally recognized safe driver program known as Below 100, which has the intention of keeping the number of officers killed or injured in car crashes below 100 nationwide.

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Iowa City Receives $100K Donation for Fire Truck

The Sacramento (Iowa) Fire Department received a $100,000 anonymous donation to replace a nearly 50-year-old fire truck.

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Wash. City to Double Pothole Repair Fleet

The City of Spokane, Wash., will be adding two pothole trailers to its fleet, doubling its pothole filling capacity following an extreme winter.

Photo of 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

2018 F-150 Adds Power, Payload Capability

Ford has boosted the power and efficiency of its F-150 engines for the 2018 model year with improvements that increase payload, towing capability, and fuel economy, Ford has announced.

J.B. Poindexter Acquires Masterack

Masterack LLC, maintains its corporate headquarters in Decatur, Ga., a manufacturing plant in Social Circle, Ga., and five company-owned installation facilities across the United States. It will operate as an independent business unit within JBPCO.

Photo courtesy of Ford

Michigan State Police to Test Three New Vehicles

The Michigan State Police will test three new pursuit-capable law enforcement models as part of its annual police vehicle test, including Ford's new gasoline-electric hybrid sedan and F-150 pickup, the agency has announced.

Photo of 2018 EcoSport courtesy of Ford.

Ford Offers Array of Fleet-Only SUV Options

Ford has made minor changes to the optional equipment packages offered to fleets for the 2018 model-year, and will continue to offer an array of optional equipment for its increasingly popular utility vehicles, including the new 2018 EcoSport.

Photo of Police Interceptor Utility courtesy of Ford.

Improper Upfitting Caused Carbon Monoxide Exposure in P.I. Utility, Ford Says

Responding to concerns about carbon monoxide exposure in Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles, Ford cited improperly sealed holes in the body of the vehicles that were created during the upfitting process.

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Wash. City’s New Fleet Manager Focuses on Vehicle Replacements

The City of Tacoma, Wash., hired a new fleet manager, Paul Hanna, CAFM, in April. Hanna is focusing on catch-up vehicle replacements as the city recovers from the economic downtown.

Kelly Reagan (right) congratulates Don Joyner from Franklin County for his Bronze award. Photo courtesy of MEMA

MEMA Awards Technicians of the Year

The Ohio Chapter of the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) announced the winners of its Technicians of the Year award at the Midwest Green Fleet Forum.

Photo of Chevrolet's Low Cab Forward trucks courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Adds Fleet Options for 2018-MY

Chevrolet is rolling out an array of new vehicle options for its fleet customers for the 2018 model year on a trio of utility vehicles, cars, and its low cab forward trucks, the company told Automotive Fleet.com.

Photo by Lan56/Wikimedia Commons.

Safety Tip: Driving Near Schools

AAA offers driving safety reminders for the new school year.

Serco maintains vehicles for Colorado Springs Utilities (pictured) and the City of Colorado Springs. File photo

Colorado Springs, Serco Work to Resolve Fleet Pricing Dispute

After filing a second lawsuit against the City of Colorado Springs, Colo., fleet maintenance provider Serco now says it’s working with the city on an amendment to its fleet services contract.

Graph courtesy of NYC DCAS

NYC Fleet Purchases Reach Record High

In fiscal-year 2017, New York City spent more on fleet procurement than it ever had in city history, with fleet purchases totaling $370 million. In the last four years, the city has spent $1.24 billion in new vehicles and equipment.

Mobility Conference Debuts for Fleets

Convening Nov. 7-8 at Miami Hilton Downtown, Fleet Forward Conference is designed to bring fleets, fleet suppliers, and technology providers together to provide education and networking on smart mobility concepts and end-user solutions.

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